EP0016526A2 - Optical fibre connector - Google Patents

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EP0016526A2
EP0016526A2 EP80300397A EP80300397A EP0016526A2 EP 0016526 A2 EP0016526 A2 EP 0016526A2 EP 80300397 A EP80300397 A EP 80300397A EP 80300397 A EP80300397 A EP 80300397A EP 0016526 A2 EP0016526 A2 EP 0016526A2
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Leonard Fjellheim Bendiksen
William Ludlow Schumacher
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    • G02BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
    • G02B6/00Light guides
    • G02B6/24Coupling light guides
    • G02B6/42Coupling light guides with opto-electronic elements
    • G02B6/4201Packages, e.g. shape, construction, internal or external details
    • G02B6/4274Electrical aspects
    • G02B6/4277Protection against electromagnetic interference [EMI], e.g. shielding means
    • GPHYSICS
    • G02OPTICS
    • G02BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
    • G02B6/00Light guides
    • G02B6/24Coupling light guides
    • G02B6/42Coupling light guides with opto-electronic elements
    • G02B6/4201Packages, e.g. shape, construction, internal or external details
    • G02B6/4248Feed-through connections for the hermetical passage of fibres through a package wall
    • GPHYSICS
    • G02OPTICS
    • G02BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
    • G02B6/00Light guides
    • G02B6/24Coupling light guides
    • G02B6/42Coupling light guides with opto-electronic elements
    • G02B6/4292Coupling light guides with opto-electronic elements the light guide being disconnectable from the opto-electronic element, e.g. mutually self aligning arrangements

Abstract

A connector for coupling an optical fibre (27) to an optoelectric device (28) comprising a one piece body (10) including a sleeve portion (11) for receiving, in optical alignment, a terminated optical fibre (56) and an optoelectric device (28) in respective opposite ends and a foot portion (14 or 15) adapted for attachment to a circuit board (53) with the sleeve portion (11) extending generally parallel to the circuit board (53); a retention plate (32) being attachable to an end of the body (10) in an axial push fit to retain the optoelectric device (28) in the sleeve (11). The retention plate (32) may have resilient pins (34, 35) receivable in apertures (20, 21) in the body (10) which may be metal and provided with a transverse flange (13) defining slots (18,19) for locating a shielding can covering the one end.

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  • The invention relates to a connector for coupling an optical fibre to an optoelectric device.
  • A known connector comprises a one-piece body including a sleeve adapted to receive a ferrule terminating an optical fibre in one end and an optoelectric device in the other in optical alignment with the optical fibre.
  • It is sometimes desirable to couple the optical fibre to an optoelectric device intended to be electrically connected to circuitry on a circuit board. A connector adapted for that purpose should occupy a minimum of space on the circuit board and enable the optoelectric device readily to be mounted in the connector without extensive manipulation of tooling which would be difficult in cramped conditions. Furthermore, a degree of variation in the size of the optoelectric device, (arising from manufacturing tolerances), should be accommodated.
  • According to the invention, the connector body includes a foot portion adapted for attachment to a circuit board so that the sleeve portion extends generally parallel to the circuit board, the connector additionally comprising a retention plate attachable to the other end of the body in an axial push fit to retain the optoelectric device in the sleeve,
  • Preferably, the retention plate is provided with a plurality of resilient pins receivable in apertures in the other end of the body thereby to attach the retention plate to the body. Conveniently, the retention plate may be moulded in one piece of plastics material.
  • Desirably, at least the other end of the body is electrically conductive and provided with a transverse flange defining slots extending away from the foot for receiving a shielding can covering the one end.
  • This enables the optoelectric device, together with the associated terminal leads, to be electrically shielded.
  • A specific example of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:-
    • Figure 1 is an exploded perspective view of the connector and an optoelectric device;
    • Figure 2 is a perspective view of the connector assembled with the optoelectric device on a circuit board;
    • Figure 3 is a perspective view of the connector assembled with the optoelectric device and an optical fibre cable and aligned with a shielding cam;
    • Figure 4 is a fragmentary axial cross-section taken along line 4 - 4 of Figure 3 of the connector assembly of Figure 3;
    • Figure 5 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 5 - 5 of Figure 2; and
    • Figure 6 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view taken along line 6 - 6 of Figure 3.
  • The connector includes a one piece metal body 10 comprising a sleeve 11 and, at one axial end of the sleeve, a mounting portion 12 which comprises a pair of parallel feet 14 and 15 formed with apertures receiving screws for attachment to a.circuit.board 53. The feet 14 and 15 extend axially from the base of a flange 13 extending transversely of the end of the socket. Posts 16 and 17 respectively, upstand from the feet, spaced from the transverse extremities of the flange, to define therewith slots 18 and 19. The posts are formed with axially extending apertures 20 and 21, respectively.
  • The sleeve-is formed internally with two outwardly diverging conical bore portions 22 and 23 communicating at their converging ends with a cylindrical bore portion 24. The bore portions 22 and 23 are profiled to receive and precisely align a resilient conical nose portion 25 of a ferrule terminating an optical fibre 56 enclosed by a cable 27, and a resilient nose portion of a ferrule enclosing an optoelectric device 28. The optoelectric device may be mounted in the ferrule in alignment with a short optical fibre using the technique disclosed in our Japanese Patent Application No. 79/121543 (9166) and the optical fibre cable 27 may be terminated in the ferrule using the technique disclosed in our United States Patent No. 3,999,837 (8622).
  • As shown in Figure 5, the sleeve 11 is externally threaded except for a flat 28 formed on an underside. A bezel 30 is formed on the sleeve at the end of the thread adjacent the mounting portion 12.
  • A retention plate 32 is integrally moulded from plastics material with a central aperture 33 and two transversely spaced, hollow, radially resilient, pins 34 and 35, respectively.
  • An electrical shielding can 36 (Figures 3 and 4) is a rectangular metal box open at a bottom and formed with a door 37 defined between transverse flanges 38, receivable in slots 18 and 19, respectively. A tab 41 extends from opposite sides of the can and is received in apertures in the circuit board to mount the can on the circuit board with the flanges received in slots 18 and 19.
  • The optical fibre cable 27 includes an inner jacket 40 over which is located a ferrule sleeve portion 44. Strengthening fibres 43 extend over the sleeve portion 44 and under a metal sleeve 42 covered by an outer plastics or rubber sleeve 45. The sleeve assembly is secured to the jacket 40 by crimping. The end 46 of the sleeve 42 is flared so that it is.engageable by an annular flange 47 on a mounting cap 48 which can be progressively fastened on sleeve 11 to urge the ferrule nose 25 into compressive engagement with the bore wall.
  • The sleeve portion 11 may be mounted in a panel aperture using nut 51 and washer 52.
  • The connector may be screwed onto the face of a circuit board 53 adjacent the edge with the socket 11 parallel to the plane of the board. The ferrule 28 enclosing the optoelectric device may then be pushed into the bore 23 and secured therein in engagement with the bore wall by simply pushing the mounting plate pins 34 and 35 axially into respective apertures 21 and 22. As the pins are radially resiliently compressible, their depth of insertion may be altered whilst ensuring firm retention of the optoelectric device permitting manufacturing tolerances to be accommodated without extensive manipulation near the board.
  • The leads extending from the optoelectric device through the aperture 33 are then soldered to the circuit board and the optical fibre mounted on the other end of the sleeve by cap 48.

Claims (4)

1. A connector for coupling an optical fibre to an optoelectric device comprising a one piece body including a sleeve portion adapted to receive a ferrule terminating an optical fibre in one end and an optoelectric device in the other in optical alignment with the optical fibres characterised in that the body (10) includes a foot portion (14 or 15) adapted for attachment to a circuit board (53) so that the sleeve portion (11) extends generally parallel to the circuit board (53); the connector additionally comprising a retention plate (32) attachable to the other end of the body (10) in an axial push fit to retain the.optoelectric device (28) in the sleeve (11).
2. A connector according to Claim 1, characterised in that the retention plate (32) is provided with a plurality of resilient pins (34, 35) receivable in apertures (20, 21) in the other end of the body (10) thereby to attach the retention plate (32) to the body (10).
3. A connector according to Claim 1 or Claim 2 characterised in that at least the other end of the body (10) is electrically conductive and provided with a transverse flange (13) defining slots (18, 19) extending away from the foot (14 or 15) for receiving a shielding cam (36) covering the one end.
4. A connector according to any one of Claims 1 to 3, characterised in that the sleeve (11) is formed with a flat (29) on one side and an external screw thread adjacent at least the one end, a bezel (30) encircling the screw thread adjacent the other end.
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